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Putin calls for 'substantial dialogue' between Ukraine's warring sides

Published on Jun 22, 2014 6:22 PM
 
Russia's President Vladimir Putin walks to attend a ceremony to commemorate the anniversary of the beginning of the Great Patriotic War against Nazi Germany in 1941 near memorials by the Kremlin walls in Moscow on June 22, 2014. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday called on Ukraine's leadership and rebels to start genuine dialogue, saying Kiev should halt military operations and guarantee the rights of Russian speakers in the separatist east. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MOSCOW (AFP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday called on Ukraine's leadership and rebels to start genuine dialogue, saying Kiev should halt military operations and guarantee the rights of Russian speakers in the separatist east.

"It's necessary to start detailed, substantial dialogue," Mr Putin told reporters on Sunday. "This will guarantee success."

Mr Putin made his comments after Ukraine's new Western-backed President Petro Poroshenko said he was prepared to talk to those separatists not implicated in "murder and torture" as he laid out the details of a new peace plan.

The Kremlin chief spoke to reporters after laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to commemorate the anniversary of the start of World War II in the Soviet Union in 1941 when Russia and Ukraine battled against Nazi Germany together.

 
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